Alabama football: Former five-star QB Blake Barnett to transfer

The Alabama Crimson Tide had a pretty jumbled quarterback situation going into the 2016 season. Blake Barnett was the starter going into the season, but he has since been replaced by freshman Jalen Hurts and it looks like the former five-star quarterback will be leaving Tuscaloosa.

It was reported by Matt Zenitz of AL.com that Barnett is no longer with the Crimson Tide and he will be looking to transfer out very soon. This comes after Hurts replaced him as the starter and Barnett has been getting less playing time over the last few weeks.

Barnett appeared in three of the team’s first four games and went 11-19 with 219 yards and two scores against no interceptions. His best performance came last Saturday when he went 4-7 with 55 yards and a touchdown against Kent State.

Blake Barnett was a five-star member of the team’s 2015 recruiting class and was the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country at the time. He took a redshirt and did not play in 2015.

Barnett will have to sit out the 2017 season if he decides to stay the FBS level. He would likely have three years of eligibility left starting in 2018.

This transfer means that Cooper Bateman will likely be the Crimson Tide’s backup going into Saturday’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats.

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